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entrepreneurs who are reaching for the stars so that you one day might live in space. and whose got more game. and should you get in on the action? i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money." >> this is "real money." you're the most important part of the show. join us on twitter @ja real money. now that turkey dinner has come and gone, it's no secret retai retailers want to gobble up your
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dollars, and they're not the only ones, charities do their good work in the final three months of the year. and 18% of the entire year's non-profit fundraising take place during the month of december. the good news, americans are amongst the most generous givers in the world. the immediat median amount give be is 2564. that means half give more than that, half give less. this year, the chronicle of philanthropy, a trade publication forecasts a net drop in charity. that's true. charities need to get more creative in luring your donations. look out for hashtag giving tuesday.
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the day when charity organizations are banding together to encourage giving . a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage charit charitable giving and he joins us from portland, oregon. jason, what is your sense that americans are pulling back on charitable giving this year? >> it's great to be here, thanks, great question. i don't think actually people are pulling back on the charities they're supporting. they're pulling back on the amount of money they're giving away. it's based on uncertainty of the future. those who gave 100 dollars may give $50 to $75 to hedge their bets of what their income will look like going into 2014. >> how do you convince people in this type of economy? it's a split economy. some people do very well. we look at the housing numbers, but some people really feel like
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they're not out of the recession. how do you make people feel better about giving? are there techniques to make them feel they're getting greater value or the need is greater? >> it's how much they can give. we have seen with too many people that giving decision is an impulsive one. you ask me if i'll make a gift to the cancer society. how am i feeling today? it's tuesday, yes. ask me on thursday, and maybe it's no. when asked how much can you give and how does your budget look for giving. the other half is impact. do you know if the groups you support have the best impact. and taking time before you're asked to think about what you want to see really helps how you give. >> where would you do that research? where do you suggest my viewers do that kind of research? >> it depends on what you're interested in.
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there is charity navigator and give well, large non-profits that serve the country or globally. but if you're interested in local charities. most people are looking at what is possible in their local community one of the best places to start is your local community foundation. go online and search for your city and community foundation and there are 700 all over the country. groups set up to help people locally find organizations to give to. >> i used to have hair like yours and then i pulled it out because people don't budget. you know how is it going to affect your budget, most people don't have budget, which means people don't know how much they can afford to give. if you have a 50-30-20 rule. i find that very interesting. explained at a to m that to me. >> i thought of this rule as a
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quick way giving. a lot of people say i don't know if my giving makes an impact and people don't have time to research every group they would like to support. take a step back. 50% of your giving to just one or two organizations. those are the ones who spend your time researching. go on the web and look at their website. look at their financials and what do they spend their money on. 30% for the obligatory or community giving, your church or alma mater, your kids' school, your best friend runs a non-profit. the gifts you know you're going give either way. and last, 20% just for the impulse giving to support your friend who is running in the breast cancer walk or give in the moment because of a natural di as ater and giving yourself permission in the advance to
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just say yes and be generous rather than be concerned. >> what a great way to think about it. i'm going to apply that. people need something that i didn't plan for. how do you treat that? do you treat it as a nuance or do you direct what you're going to do. jason is executive director of boulder giving. >> telling potential users each time it received a new card application it would donate a dollar to restore the statut sta statue of liberty. that proved to the corporate world aligning with a cause is a great way to boost sales. it gave birth to cause-related advertising. stacey tisdale reports, technology has put new twists on the end. allowing you to give to your
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favorite charity without spending a dime. >> when noel was growing up in massachusetts her family always emphasized the importance of giving back. but last summer being charitable became difficult when she lost her job. >> when you give or you are spend when you're unemployed you know that everything you spend is going out, and you have nothing to refill it. >> reporter: but using a website called good noel is able to donate money to charity by using the good search search engine. >> we donate a penny a search to your favorite charity or school. >> the company has raised more than $10 million for charities through more than 1.2 charitable transactions taking place on its site. good search is one of thousands of companies helping you give without giving. on charity miles earn $0.10 through bakin
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biking . more than 100,000 people have raised $350,000 using this site. every time you redeem a coupon money goes to feed children in the united states. the organization has provided 1.3 million meals. redeem coupons on good and major retailers include, 1-800-flowers and apple will give a percentage of your proceeds to a charity of your choice. >> people want to do good. they want to give back. in this economy they don't have money, they don't have time and doing good is not event. we take your simple daily action and give you ways to make a difference just through the way you live your life. >> why would some of biggest corporations in the world partner with companies like these? because it can boast their bottom lines. >> they see evidence that
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they'll get more people to buy their product. >> reporter: in fact, 89% of participants will be likely to switch from one brand to another associated with a good cause. but to take your cause and your cause-related advertiser. >> you need to look at the finances. you need to look at who is in charge, the governance and look for evidence of results, meaning the mission. >> the mission of hefer billion. >> an organization dedicated to ending poverty and hunger through the motto, if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime. >> coming up, one pea stoke for man and one giant leap for mankind. >> for the first time ever humanity will have the ability to e-mail their hardware to
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inhabitable. this will change the face of everything. take a look. >> we started testing and building with moon dirt. >> reporter: aaron holds in his hands what he hopes will be the building blocks of large mega structures and human habitats in space. 3d printed brooks made from moon dirt . >> one day there will be moon bases, habitats on mars . >> reporter: a new breed in allison valley in mountain view, california. >> we've built this company as the typical kill on it valley start up. we're young. we work long hours. we're not afraid to try in things . >> reporter: the vision evolves around this tiny 3d printer. they made one that will work in space and in geogravity.
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>> things float and then your entire print is thrown off. we had to come up with unique ways to control the printing process. >> 3d precipitators work like a hot glue gun depositing layers of hot goo with the layers building up. it will be launched to the international space station in the fall of 2014. the first goal will be to 3d spare parts for the space station. >> and liftoff. >> and up until now everything that went into space had to be launched. that was the only way to move things from the surface of the earth to space. rockets are very expensive. thithey can be risky. by putting a 3d print center space we're knocking down that first barrier by putting something no space. to up load a file, hit print.
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have what you want in space on demand space is accessible to an entire class on a new planet. >> they'll be able to e-mail their had wear to space in. >> richard branson, elon, and peter are all investing heavily in space. >> is being a space entrepreneur viable? >> listen, it's tough. there is no question. it will be some day the place where a lot of entrepreneurs like the maiden space team can do stuff. today it's an expensive entry price. >> it takes a lot of capital and a lot of work to ever see a profit. but it's a tempting gamble. many believe the first trillionaire will come from the space business. >> mining astroids, building in space. building the future of humanity.
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>> but made in space is already generating revenue in the seven figures. >> our goal is to have billion dollar company within ten years. we think it's viable, it's possible. >> and the made in space team has big plans for their 3d printer building things in space to changing energy on earth. >> we'll build space power plants where we collect sun's energy and transmit that energy wirelessly to the ground. >> i know it sounds pretty out there. but 3d precipitating experts say made in space is on to something. >> the most expensive thing to do is to launch mass into space. they're solving for it, and there is a big market opportunity in what they do, and i support what they're doing. it makes perfect sense to me. >> it's often been joked it's not a good decision to start a space company because space is
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so challenging. it is so risky. but the pay off can be incredibly large if do you it right. >> the first printer that they send into space will pretty much being a science experiment. they'll build it in space and compare what they in buil build on the ground. whethen they'll start sending parts. we go behind the hive next on real money. keep it real.
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>> and now, a techknow minute...
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>> for the first time in years i have to talk about a subject i have been fairly happy to ignore.
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video game consoles. i don't play games or buy them but a lot of people do and millions of dollars are spent making and marketing games , and so whether you want to figure out what you to buy or like me you just want to understand what all the fuss is about listen up. sony was first out of the box. no pun intended with its first new console in seven years. the buzz is that it's great for hardcore gamers who want a straight up gaming system with improved graphics and speed. the price is $400. $100 less than the $499 you'll pay for the x-box one. both devices told more than a million units in the days right after the launch. microsoft is marketing x-box one as much more than a game system. it connects to your cable tv box and using voice commands.
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the question is now whether the buzz over these new consoles is enough to accelerate sales and a console industry that has faced increased competition from mobile gaming like angry birds or candy crush saga, not that i play either. what feature does a video game son colconsole for you to buy i? movies, social media, music, shopping, and victoria tweets, and cheat codes allow game tours unlock hidden features. tell me what you think by tweeting me @aj real mone money{^l" ^}. a game industry analyst for research firm mpd group. it's data shows 17% you jump in the sales of games in the three months ending september.
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mp3 data is from insights of 2 million consumers. liam joins me now. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> i don't understand the cheat codes discussion, so we'll jump right past that. i'm not a gamer but clearly this is the stuff that everyone is talking about. what is the big deal with these consoles. >> these are bigger, better, meaner machines. you have a lot more processing power, hard drive space and capability to provide enhanced enter animent, better graphics. that's just the baseline. then all those things you were mentioning. the voice command, voice tracking, video feed from your tv. stuff for the ps 4 plus that $100 cheaper price point, you have the ps 4 where you can play the game from your ps through your wi-fi connection, things like that.
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and they're tryining to multi media hubs. areas where you can stream netflix, hulu, amazon. you've got your music, your movies, all of that stuff in one place. they're really trying to push beyond just the gaming cancels. >> what is the trend in gamic? this whole idea that people are playing games on their mobile phones. is this eating into the idea that buying one of these consoles is important? >> no, i don't think so. i think they're complimentary services. you have gaming at home in a different type of setting and a different type of game and then you have people who are playing on the go and consuming whether you're on the train or things like that. so i feel like they're separate in terms of the type of consumer but they're complimentary. there is a sony app wear, stuff that works with the
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consoles hand in hand with android and i west. >> liam, i'm not a gamer. but i'm a gadget guy. i want an excuse to have one of these things, but i'm not a gamer. what are the things that it can do for me if i don't feel like online gaming and i don't feel like the stuff that gaming actually does. are there things that they offer to take advantage of these glasses and sensor and voice control that a non-gamer can use? >> i think there is stuff for everybody in the family. your non-gamers fitness be a great example where it can read your movement your heart rate, and there are lots of different types of gaming, and i think these two con so consoles have o offer, even for people who are not into gaming, there is something there for you.
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and it doesn't even include the non-gaming features i mentioned to you. >> look, one of the neat things there is so much research and development goes into this, and these people who buy these things will have experiences with their entertainment system that those of us don't buy it won't have. if you're a non-gamer and you're looking to buy one of these things. what would you recommend for the non-gamer concentrate on? >> i think it's really something for everybody across bolton wanderers of them. it's something that you would have to research as your own consumer. you have that connect functionality which is something that people have liked. voice command capability makes navigating your tv really fun. and on the sony side you have a lot of social functionality. you get to see what other people
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are doing in the context of gaming, and i think that really aids the industry really broadly because you have people then discovering content on that device. a little bit easier. so that helps people understand what's cool. someone like yourself who is not into gaming, you see a video of your friend playing a game, you might check that game out. there are a ton of things to offer across both those two consoles. >> thank you for giving insight. thanks, liam. as you get ready to drive home for the weekend, my final thoughts are gasoline. the gasoline fueled car was inpent in the 1895. but it was 1913 the first place you would recognize as a gas station was open. at first buying gas was a pain. you would buy it from a retail who are would sell you a container.
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and then the first drive-up service station in pittsburgh. sold 30 gallons that day. today gas stations sell an average of 4,000 gallons per day. today there are 250 million cars on 4 million miles of paved roads. most americans pump their own gas but do you know doing so is illegal in two states, new jersey and oregon. and gas is cheaper than it was back then. 100 years ago gas cost $.0 a gallon. that's
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you are watching al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm johnathan betz. the top story. search cars left the tracks stopping just short of the harr len rif. the metro north train derailed nurse ar just north of the station in new york. it was heading tout sew grand central and manhattan. >> by the time i looked up it was completely going off tess track. and there was rubble el off the tracks flying in my face. >> right now the new york fire department says there are 63 reported injuries and of those 11 are in critical condition and six of the injuries are reported as